Tag: medicine

Safeguarding Stem Cell Implants

By: Kendra Zhong After suffering a stroke in 2009, Jim Gass was confronted with a flaccid left arm and weak left leg. He then decided to take what many would consider a dream vacation: traveling to various countries in North America, South America, and Asia. However, Gass wasn’t chasing tourist traps—he was chasing promises of

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Two New Developments in Medicine: PSCK9 Inhibitors and the WATCHMAN Device

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan One reason I love biology is that despite centuries of research and discovery, we are continuously gaining new insight into the machinations of the human body. Even today our understanding of medicine is expanding as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies strive to develop more sophisticated strategies for combating disease.

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A Fight Against Doom; The Remarkable Story of The Milwaukee Protocol

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan Before the evolution of modern medicine, a fight with disease was all too often a sentence of doom. The lack of knowledge concerning antibodies and vaccines left doctors with a weak defense against the majority of illnesses, which understandably led to a longstanding association between sickness and the

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Cryonics: Freezing in Time

By: Kimberley Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester On January 8, 2015, a two-year old Thai girl named Matheryn Naovaratpong died of ependymoblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. Over the course of almost a year, she had 12 brain surgeries, 20 chemotherapy treatments, and 20 radiation therapy sessions. However, in spite of her doctors’ best

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Nobel Prize Winners Herald Natural-Based Medicines

Written By: Jack Zhong Edited By: Josephine McGowan On October 6, 2015, the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology was awarded to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for “their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites.” Youyou Tu also shared this prize for “her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.”

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Herbal Medicine

By: Yameng Zhang Edited By: Thomas Luh What is herbal medicine? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Herbal medicine—also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine—refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was awarded to a further application of herbal

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Protecting Our Defenses: Our Extensive Use of Antibiotics Reduces the Diversity of the Microbiome

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Arianna Winchester One of the greatest accomplishments of civilization is our ability to purposefully modify the natural world. Scientific research has taught us that we are surrounded by microorganisms too small to see with the naked eye. Of the hundred trillion cells that constitute the average human body, only ten

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HIV Finds a New Home in the Brain

By: Ian Cohn Edited by: Arianna Winchester HIV/AIDS, first discovered about 30 years ago, still remains one of the top ten causes of death in the world, according to the World Health Organization. HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a contagious virus that is usually understood to impair immune function in those infected with it. The

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Catching Schizophrenia

By: Ian Cohn Edited by: Bryce Harlan To many, the idea of mind control seems like science fiction. The small parasite Toxoplasma gondii, however, known to alter behavior in rats, may possess the ability to change behavior in humans as well, giving it mind-altering capabilities usually reserved for super-advanced futuristic humans. T. gondii is a

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The Dawn of a New Epidemic: Ebola and Global Disparities In Healthcare

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Aishwarya Raja The second-most popular topic on Facebook in 2014, according to the company’s “Year in Review”, was the Ebola epidemic. I remember hearing first-hand the loud arguments about Ebola and seeing the grim pictures of this disease flood onto television screens. I remember being constantly updated on the potential danger

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